March 1, 2014
THE FLATS – In the midst of a three-game road trip, Georgia Tech heads South to take on Florida State in a nationally televised game Sunday night at 6 p.m. at the Donald L. Tucker Center.
ESPNU will air national television coverage of the game. Radio coverage of the game will be provided by the Georgia Tech IMG Sports Network and can be heard in Atlanta on All News 106.7 FM. The FSU radio broadcast can be heard nationally on satellite radio (Sirius ch. 85, XM ch. 85).
Tech (13-15, 4-11 ACC) began this three-game set with a 65-62 loss at Notre Dame Wednesday night. The Yellow Jackets are 4-6 on the road this year, including a 2-5 mark in ACC games.
In its third season under head coach Brian Gregory, Tech played its first 10 ACC games with no more than nine scholarship players, sometimes with as few as seven. Senior guard and leading scorer Trae Golden (groin) has played extended minutes the last two games and started at Notre Dame after missing most, if not all, of the five games prior. Sophomore forward Robert Carter, Jr., has returned from a knee injury to play a an average of 26 minutes in Tech’s last five games after missing the first 10 conference games, and also returned to the starting lineup against the Fighting Irish.
Florida State (16-11, 7-8 ACC) had a mid-week bye in its schedule after pulling out a 71-66 win at Pittsburgh last Sunday. The Seminoles are in a three-way tie for seventh place in the ACC standings with NC State and Maryland, and have games at Boston College and at home vs. Syracuse left.
Tech flies straght to Syracuse for a 7 p.m. game Tuesday night before finishing out the regular season at home next Saturday against Virginia Tech (2 p.m.).
Fast Break Points
Two of Georgia Tech’s last three games will be aired on one of the ESPN networks. The Florida State game on ESPNU and the Virginia Tech game has been designated for airing on ESPN2.
The Yellow Jackets woke up to a fresh layer of snow and sub-zero temperatures Wednesday in South Bend. Sunday’s forecast in Tallahassee is for sunny skies, a wake-up low of 49 degrees and a daytime high of 75. Tuesday’s forecast for Syracuse is a wake-up low of zero, a 30 percent chance of snow and a daytime high of 21.
This is Tech’s first trip to Tallahassee since the 2011-12 season and is the only meeting between the two teams this season. The teams have played only once in each of the last two seasons.
Georgia Tech’s last four ACC road trips have produced two wins, an overtime loss, a three-point loss and a four-point loss. Tech has won five of its last 12 ACC road games, winning at Virginia Tech, Wake Forest (twice), Miami and Boston College in that stretch. The Yellow Jackets won only three times in 36 ACC road games before that dating back to the 2008-09 season.
If the ACC Tournament began today, Tech would face Miami on Wednesday at 12 noon. The Yellow Jackets entered the weekend’s action 1 1/2 games behind 10th-place Notre Dame and two games ahead of last-place Virginia Tech.
Georgia Tech is 9-7 at McCamish Pavilion this season, but only 2-6 against the ACC. Tech’s home ACC wins are against Notre Dame (Jan. 11) and Boston College (Feb. 13).
Tech currently has its fullest complement of players available that it has had since the conference schedule began – nine scholarship players with the return of Robert Carter, Jr., from a knee injury and Trae Golden from a groin pull. Neither Carter, Jr., nor Golden is 100 percent effective, however.
The Yellow Jackets have played with as few as seven scholarship players at times. The other five have missed a total of 69 games this season (Carter, Jr., 10, Golden 2, Jorgenson 24, Morris 19, Poole 14). Head coach Brian Gregory has used nine different starting lineups.
Series Notes vs. Florida State
Florida State has won the last eight games in the series, including a 68-54 win in Tallahassee in the teams’ last meeting in Tallahassee in 2011-12 and a 56-54 win in Atlanta last season. Georgia Tech’s last win over the Seminoles occurred in Tallahassee on Feb. 13, 2007 by a score of 63-57.
Tech won five of six from the Seminoles prior to the current eight-game FSU streak.
The 2012 meeting in Tallahassee is the only one of the eight games to be decided by double digits. The other seven were decided by an average of 4.1 points.
Going back to the team’s March 6, 2004 meeting, eight of the 14 games have been decided by three or fewer points.
The scores of each of the last nine games, dating back to the last Tech win, have been in the 60s or the 50s, with the exception of FSU’s 72-66 win on Feb. 10. 2011 in Atlanta. Tech has not scored more than 66 points against FSU in any of the last nine meetings.
Since FSU joined the ACC, Tech is 17-23 against the Seminoles. Florida State won the first six in a row, Tech followed by winning five straight, and is 12-17 against the Seminoles since then.
In those 40 games, 20 have been decided by four points or less, 30 by fewer than 10 points. One of those games went to double-overtime, which the Yellow Jackets won 111-108 on Feb. 11, 1999 in Tallahassee.
Tech is 16-15 against the Seminoles in Atlanta, all but one of those games at Alexander Memorial Coliseum.
Tech is 6-11 against Seminoles teams led by head coach Leonard Hamilton. Tech is 7-11 against Hamilton overall, with a victory over his Miami team in December of 1997.
Tech is 10-19 in games played in Tallahassee, including a 7-12 mark at the Donald L. Tucker Civic Center, formerly known as the Tallahassee-Leon County Civic Center.
Tech and Florida State were both members of the old Metro Conference from 1976-78, and the Seminoles won three of those four meetings.
Florida State has won both ACC Tournament meetings between the schools, including a 64-62 win at the Georgia Dome in 2009.
About Georgia Tech Men’s Basketball
Georgia Tech’s men’s basketball team is in its third year under head coach Brian Gregory. The Yellow Jackets have been a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference since 1979, won three ACC Championships, played in the NCAA Tournament 16 times and played in two Final Fours (1990, 2004).